Kentucky Speedway takes parking practice laps

SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Race fans are heading back to Sparta for the Kentucky 225, a much smaller scale than the Sprint Cup Series which debuted in July.

It's inaugural year, the Sprint Cup Series hit a number of roadblocks as thousands of people waited hours this summer to get into the track.

The Kentucky 225 is the speedway's first race since the Sprint Cup.

Troy Bryant made the trip from Mason City, Iowa to soak in the speedway for the first time.

"This is going to bring me back here year after year, I got the fan pass, I can come in from the pits, go out to the stands watch the race," says Bryant.

Not a stranger to Sparta, Mike Harris and his son Carson experienced the traffic headaches and lack of preparation in July but understand it takes time to get things right.

"I think people need to give them a break and just say it's the first time, you've got to let them learn from their mistakes," says Harris.

The speedway is trying to iron out those mistakes this weekend for the Kentucky 225 even though it's much smaller. More than 100,000 people bought tickets for the Sprint Cup, the Kentucky 225 sold close to 30,000.

Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger says this weekend is a "dry run" for employees and allows for more feedback from race fans.

"This does give us a chance with our race fans to try some of things we're going to be doing," says Simendinger.

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